You impose limitations upon yourself and then make a vain struggle to transcend them
Sri Ramana Maharshi
What if there were no limits to what you were capable of?
What if you could transcend all the laws of our physical world and know the truth?
What if you could live in other dimensions?
What if you could live outside of your physical body?
What if you could take time ‘being’ instead of ‘doing’?
Apologies – I’m not trying to come across as a New Age/Spiritual guru although it may seem that way. I read the quote above by Indian Sage Ramana Maharshi the other day and it struck a chord because I’ve begun to notice instances where I have been limiting myself. For example, at a recent networking event there was somebody I really wanted to talk to but he was quite well known in his field and I didn’t approach him because I thought ‘Why would he want to talk to me?’
What I should have been asking was ‘Why wouldn’t he want to talk to me?’ but that’s easy to say in retrospect.
So, I did some work on myself to try and find out exactly what self limiting beliefs I hold. These are beliefs that have probably been with me most of my life and are so ingrained that I don’t often notice them. They’re beliefs that were possibly meant to keep me safe from physical or emotional harm but, in reality, they’re beliefs that keep me chained. And I would bet that you have some too.
If you can work with a partner it’s quite easy to test your beliefs through muscle testing. Simply hold your arm out to the side so it’s level with your shoulder. Say something that is true such as ‘My name is (insert name)’ and your partner puts a downward pressure on your arm at the wrist. Because your statement is true this will be your strong reaction.
Then state a belief which you feel you may have problems with such as ‘I love myself unconditionally.’ If you do not believe this at a deep, subconscious level your partner will be able to press your arm down very easily. This is your weak reaction.
Try the technique for each belief that you feel you may have a problem with. You could hold limiting beliefs about your self esteem, your finances, your health or you may have feelings of guilt that are holding you back. When you’ve finished always get your partner to test you strong again by using a true statement such as your name, eye colour or date of birth.
It can be very hard to face up to your self limiting beliefs. It can be even harder to share them with somebody else in order to muscle test so you can test them with pendulum dowsing instead.
Dowsing is a way of accessing your intuition. With muscle testing your body reacted to an untruth by giving a weak reaction. In the same way a dowsing instrument will react in different ways to a truth or an untruth.
Pendulum dowsing uses a weight (such as a nut or fishing weight) on a piece of string or, if you’ve seen dowsing pendulums for sale, they can be beautifully cut crystals or metal shapes on chains.
A pendulum can give you a Yes or No answer in the same way that muscle testing can give you a strong or weak answer.
Hold your pendulum in either hand so the weight is hanging freely down and with enough length to allow it to swing (about 4 – 6”). Relax your shoulder and wrist and ask the pendulum to show you a Yes answer. Try to keep your mind relaxed but focused on the Yes. It may take some practice but soon your pendulum will begin to move in a certain direction. It could be a clockwise or anti-clockwise circle, back and forward, side to side, an elliptic or whizz about like a whirling dervish. You need to ask it this a few times until you are getting the same response which becomes your Yes response and will mean the same as a strong reaction in muscle testing.
Now do exactly the same whilst asking for a No response which will mean the same as a weak response in muscle testing.
So pendulum in hand, state your belief: ‘I love myself unconditionally.’ Focus on that and let your pendulum react. Remember a No is the equivalent of a weak muscle testing reaction which means that no way do you love yourself unconditionally. A Yes means that of course you do and lucky you.
You may be asking, what all this has got to do with the ‘What if’s’ at the start of this article. Well, I dowsed my self limiting beliefs and came up with a list and then I wondered what I should do with them. Okay, so I know that they’re holding me back but how do I overcome them? After a lot of consideration I worked with each one using the two words ‘What if?’
Applying that to my example of the man at the networking event: ‘Why would he want to talk to me?’ Well, what if he did want to talk to me? How would that change the situation? How would that change the way I feel?
If I turned an opportunity down because I didn’t think I was capable and I feared failure that would reinforce my belief that I wasn’t good enough. But what if I did it and I succeeded or, forget the success, what if I just did it?
‘What if’ expands your mind. It allows you to reach out beyond your boundaries and experience possibilities. After all, life is full of many, many possibilities. ‘What if’ gives you the choice of the type of life you experience. What if you were to give up, right now, one of those beliefs that are holding you back?
See you on the outside.
Jackie Notman is a copywriter, feng shui consultant and e-commerce retailer. This article is from her blog ‘Life – and everything else’ where you’ll find an eclectic mix of articles and information.
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